Assembly group on shooting launched

A CROSS-PARTY group has been set up in the Welsh Assembly by AMs to promote shooting and conservation. The group, officially launched at the Senedd in Cardiff, will be supported by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). The value of shooting to the economy, the environment and social life in Wales was outlined at the launch. A game canapé reception was held and politicians had a chance to have a lesson on BASC’s shooting simulator before the group’s first official meeting. BASC Wales director Gary Ashton said: “The latest research shows shooting is worth £75 million a year to the Welsh economy and supports the equivalent of at least 2,400 full-time jobs. There are around 76,000 people in Wales who shoot. “We hope that this cross-party group will help us to address issues which are close to our members’ hearts at the heart of Welsh Government.” BASC council vice chairman and chairman of BASC’s Wales committee Mike Sherman said: “The group hopes to improve awareness of the benefits of shooting to conservation in Wales and to identify opportunities to promote and grow the sector.” Welsh Conservatives leader and chairman of the group’s first meeting Andrew R T Davies said: “Shooting is an important part of the Welsh countryside. “It brings tourists to Wales and provides jobs and supports the rural economy. “I hope this new group will help and encourage the positive contributions which shooting and its related conservation brings to the Welsh countryside.”

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